energy efficiency


What is the Rebound Effect? — Energy Efficiency, Part 2

, Kendall Science Fellow

In my previous post, I noted that energy efficiency by itself does not necessarily reduce emissions, but it does give us the resources to clean up our energy supply. One complicating factor in projecting energy savings from efficiency is the “rebound effect.” Here’s what it is, how it works, and what it means for efficiency. Read more >

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Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and the Growing Risks of Storm Surge and Blackouts

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Superstorm Sandy was a big wake-up call for the Northeast when it made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ, on October 29, 2012. In addition to the tragic loss of lives and property, Sandy caused billions of dollars of damages and left more than 8 million people in 21 states without power. On the third anniversary of Sandy, a new UCS analysis looks at what steps have been taken to make our electricity grid less vulnerable and more resilient to power outages from storm surge and coastal flooding on the East and Gulf Coasts. The answer? Some, but not enough. Read more >

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Energy Efficiency, Part 1: What’s the Point?

, Kendall Science Fellow

Can energy efficiency actually increase energy use?  In some circumstances, it can. But is that a problem?  It might be, if “using less energy” was our end goal—but it shouldn’t be. Read more >

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Xcel’s Plan to Cut Carbon 60 percent is Affordable and Will Benefit Minnesota’s Economy

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Growing up in Minnesota, I have very fond memories of going fishing with my Dad in the land of 10,000 lakes.  Whether it was slaying crappies on Lake Minnetonka or catching walleyes on our summer trips to Bemidji, I’ll never forget the times we had enjoying Minnesota’s great outdoors. Read more >

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Renewables and Efficiency Seeking a Leader in Michigan

, energy analyst

Things are heating up in the Michigan legislature as both the House and Senate are considering proposals to re-shape Michigan’s energy future. Unfortunately, the current proposals miss the mark on renewable energy and energy efficiency – both of which are widely recognized as important resources for meeting Governor Rick Snyder’s goals of adaptability, reliability, affordability and protection of the environment. As the conversations continue into the fall, will a leader emerge to ensure a strong commitment to a truly clean and sustainable energy future for the state? Read more >

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